590.PTS.syllabus.F11 2 (1)

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University of Illinois at Chicago MBA 590 – Professional Topics Seminar LEADERSHIP & IMPROVISATION COURSE SYLLABUS Fall Semester 2011 INSTRUCTOR Name: Mr. Michael Popowits Office: 2304 University Hall Phone: (312) 413-0998 Fax: (312) 996-4520 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:00 – 2:45 pm, Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm COURSE DESCRIPTION Executive presence is a combination of verbal and non-verbal abilities that are recognized as a poised, authentic communication style, particularly in spontaneous or impromptu interactions. Business managers can profit greatly from the training received by some of the world’s experts in spontaneous, creative communication: improvisational theater actors. Using improvisational theater techniques taught in workshop exercises of graduating difficulty, this course creates a safe laboratory for students to experiment with the elements of their own executive presence. This is a “presentations course” in the sense that we will study how you present yourself in a variety of executive communication modes: networking, interviewing, creative team leadership and impromptu speaking situations, like client interactions or expert panel discussions. The class will be 80% experiential workshop and debrief, with readings and discussion of relevant literature. READINGS Short selections (can be read in library): a. Gladwell, Malcolm. “The Structure of Spontaneity.” Chapter 4 in Blink: the power of thinking without thinking . New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2005, pp.111-117. ISBN: 0-316-17232-4 b. Spolin, Viola. "Creative Experience." In Improvisation for the Theater . Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1999, pp.3-17. ISBN: 081014008X. Large portions used (should be purchased): c. Klaus, Peggy. BRAG: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It . New York: Warner Business Books, 2003. ISBN: 0-446-53179-0. d.
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